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Janome has a partnership with the OESD Embroidery design company that produces beautiful embroidery designs that we can stitch on all our embroidery machines.   What is very special about this is that if your local dealer is signed up as a janome-embroidery.com dealer, when you visit the website and purchase a design, your dealer gets credit for your purchase –   What a great way to support your local dealer!


https://www.janome-embroidery.com/ is where you will find the stitch files.

I always like to test sew a design that I purchase (or download for free) from a website.  I like to ensure that the design is quality work.  There are no  issues with the the designs on this site as OESD is a well established company with professional digitizers’ creating their stitch files.


These are a few of the designs I tested from their Fantastic Embellishments Collection.  They stitched perfectly on my Janome Horizon MC 15000 Quiltmaker machine.  Once I have tested designs, I can then proceed with confidence to use these designs on a project I have in mind.

Over time, I accumulate quite a few test sew designs.  I don’t want to dispose of them just because they were not made for a specific project.  What I do is applique them onto bags to give away as gifts for participants at classes I teach and stores I visit.  This way I can use them to promote the Janome embroidery website at the same time as Janome customers can receive a door prize or similar gift!  Any of your test sew stitch outs can be recycled in a similar way.


Consider visiting the Janome-Embroidery site and try some of the free designs or purchase a set of designs to support your local authorized and participating Janome dealer on this website.


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Unboxing a New “Toy”

Regardless of the time of year, getting a new sewing machine feels just like Christmas morning. The anticipation of ripping open the box, getting out all the parts and pieces in order to sew brings out the kid in all of us. It’s SEW exciting!

I felt that way myself recently when I finally brought home the fabulous new Janome Memory Craft 6700P. https://www.janome.com/en/products/machines/mc6700p/



While you reach for a knife or the scissors (not your good fabric scissors, of course!) to open the carton of your new machine, stop for a minute to think about the box itself and how the machine is packaged. You’ll thank yourself later for not rushing and for keeping everything in tact. Always save the box if you can. You never know when it might come in handy.

It’s amazing to me just how well thought-out and executed the packaging is to all Janome machines, regardless price points; from entry level all the way up to top-of-the-line. Each machine has custom molded Styrofoam inserts around which the machine rests snuggly and securely.

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All the parts and pieces like the power cord, foot pedal; the all important instruction manual, and all those glorious presser feet (the Janome MC 6700P comes with 17!) are neatly tucked in every nook and cranny around the machine in their own plastic bag. Everything is neat and easily identified. As the saying goes, “a place for everything and everything in its place.” I think the clever engineers at Janome may have come up with that, lol!

There are basically two ways Janome machines are packaged: insert, or top loading and clamshell.  The most common is Top Loading, like on the fabulous Top-of-the-Line Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Quilt Maker.




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A custom-fitted Styrofoam insert is placed in the bottom of the box to securely cushion the machine. The insert matches the angled profile of the large LCD touchscreen on the front of the machine. In the above photo it’s on the left, but when sitting in front of the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Quilt Maker it’s on the right. There’s even a little arrow imprinted in the centre of the Styrofoam bottom as another clue to indicate the front. Janome thinks of everything!

Once the machine is set in the box, another fitted Styrofoam insert will go over the top and down along the sides to further protect and firmly hold the machine in place. I must point out that the machine in the photo below is my own personal MC 15000, so I’d added the little strips of black Velcro to the top for my own purpose.  A brand new Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 Quilt Maker fresh out of the box will NOT have those. lol!

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Note the built-in and reinforced handles on each side of the box. Sew easy to carry!

The other type of packaging for machines is referred to as Clamshell, because, as the name suggests, two halves of the molded Styrofoam inserts wrap around and encase the machine. The Janome Memory Craft 6700P is the perfect example of this. It is indeed like a treasured pearl inside. Can you tell I love this machine!?

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It is easier to unbox these machines with them laying on their side, especially one as hefty as the Janome Memory Craft 6700P. This is indeed a formidable, professional machine, which is one reason why it is packaged with the clamshell inserts; they offer sturdy support.

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Though most of us are trying to eliminate extra clutter in our homes, it really is wise to save the box and custom molded Styrofoam inserts for your machine. Perhaps you’ll attend a retreat or a class at some distance away? You can transport your machine safely with peace of mind that it will arrive intact, no matter how arduous the journey may be.

Or, perhaps you’d like to upgrade and would like to trade-in your current machine? Though it likely won’t affect the bottom line, having the original box and inserts will be of great peace of mind to the potential new owner. They’ll feel better knowing everything was saved and looked after and that they can take it home safely and securely without worry.

As well, how fun for them to also share in that joy of opening that box at home and taking out their new “toy” to play with. I love how Janome continually brings us that joy!

What joy will YOU create today with your “toys”? I’m off to play with my new Janome Memory Craft 6700P!


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Did you know Janome makes their own brand of needles that work flawlessly with their own machines?  But which needle is necessary for the particular type of stitching you are planning to do?  Janome needles are color coded to aid you in choosing the correct type of needle for your project.  I have heard people say the color of the needle needs to match the color of the bobbin case.  This is totally wrong!!  The needle color coding is totally separate to the bobbin case color coding.  Do not mix up the two.

Janome offers a full line of needles that can meet your every need.  Some are color coded and some are listed by size and type.  Be sure to select the appropriate needle for your project for the best quality stitches.


We have posted blogs about needles in the past, but I just want to refresh your memory on the color coding of the Janome needles.  If you are noticing skipped stitches, tension issues with stitches, or shredding of threads the simple answer may just be changing the needle you are using.

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Blue tip needles are a size 11 and used mostly with general sewing.  These have a slight ball point to them so they are good for wovens and knits.  These also have an oversize eye on the needle to better accommodate the thread to prevent drag and tension stress on the top thread.  It is also easier to thread with the larger size eye.


Purple tip needles also has a slightly rounded tip but it is a size 14.  This has a slight flare to the needle above the eye to force the fibers of the fabric apart.  This helps to prevent skipped stitches.  It works well for dense embroidery designs and thick fabric.  These also work well stitching through all the layers of a quilt.


Red tip needles are not ball point.  These are a size 14 needle with a sharp point.  This is great for working with quilting cottons and for machine embroidery.  With its slightly larger eye, it works well with those tricky threads like metallic or mono-filament.

It is important to investigate which needle will be appropriate for your specific project.  Do a test sew on your fabrics before you begin to see if the thread, fabric, bobbin case, and needle selection all match up for the best possible stitch quality.




Introducing our new Educator in the Canadian Prairies: Erin Aumack

Erin began sewing at an early age – she was just 9 years old when she used a vintage Janome made machine with cams that belonged to her great grandmother! She started out making clothes because it was hard to find clothes that she liked. She sewed all through junior and senior high school including making a crepe back satin grad dress, a play tent for her niece and nephews and an awful green corduroy skirt!




This is a dress she made for her daughter who we feel sure feels like a princess in such a lovely dress!




She discovered quilting with paper piecing the summer she I graduated from high school, after receiving a new sewing machine for a graduation gift. Erin learnt how to sew using a book series called “I’ll Teach Myself”. She admits that garment sewing has great appeal because she has a hard to fit body shape so being able to customize the proper fit and have on trend clothing is a big bonus to learning how to sew.

She loves to make big quilts –  the bigger the better  – and is excited about applique, machine embroidery, using decorative stitches, ruler work and quilting on a domestic sewing machine. Erin is currently having a whole lot of fun working on a Janome Skyline S9 and iPad with our fabulous free Apps as well as on a Janome 4 thread serger (the Janome 4DLM ). As you will see from the pic at the top + just below, Erin is no stranger to serging up a storm! She is extremely proficient with garment sewing and serging.

Erin is also a fabric designer with her own online fabric shop called Kiss My Stash Fabric Co offering custom knit fabrics. She says she has always been crafty: scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, quilting, cross stitch……..I think you will agree that Erin is a great addition to our Janome Canada Education team. We are thrilled to have her and look forward to having you meet her in our Janome Canada stores and at shows.

Erin is born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, loves the mountains and currently resides near Calgary. She will be coming your way shortly ….especially if you live in the Canadian Prairies so do watch for notification of Janome events at local Janome authorized stores…….. coming up in the next few months.

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Top 5 Favourite Features of the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP

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I love quilting with the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP and appreciate the many features on this machine that make it so easy to stitch. With all the many helpful features on this machine, it was really hard to pick my top favourite ones, but if I had to limit myself to only 5 favourite features, they would be:

  1. High Light

The Janome High Light allows you to focus the light exactly where you need it when you are stitching. I can’t believe how much light the retractable High Light provides and so appreciate it when I’m stitching, especially at night.


  1. HP Needle Plate and Foot

The new industrial Janome HP Needle Plate and HP Foot are my go-to set up when I am piecing my quilts. The combination of these two features gives me an accurate ¼” seam allowance every time.

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  1. One Step Needle Plate Conversion

I hate struggling with a screwdriver to remove the needle plate from a sewing machine and with the One Step Needle Plate Conversion feature, I don’t have to! You simply press down on the tab at the front of the sewing machine and up pops the needle plate. Change to one of the other needle plates included with the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP, press down and you are ready to start stitching. Brilliant!

  1. Automatic Thread Cutter

I use this feature every time I sew. A press of the Automatic Thread Cutter button or a tap on the smaller foot pedal and the machine automatically cuts the top and bobbin threads. You can start stitching again right away too with no worry about thread tangles. I love the time I save using the Automatic Thread Cutter.

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  1. Superior Needle Threader

Another time and frustration reliever is the Superior Needle Threader. I spent a lot of time trying to thread my sewing machine needles in the past, but I don’t have to anymore due to the Superior Needle Threader. You simply lock the machine (Janome safety feature + auto machine set up for optimum needle threading success) and then pull down on the side lever and presto, your sewing machine needle is threaded.

Read more about these helpful features on the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 9400 QCP on Kim’s blog and discover one more additional features that she finds essential for sewing.

Happy stitching from Kim Jamieson-Hirst, Janome Canada Artisan in Calgary, AB.

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You might have missed our post on this foot just before Christmas> Or possibly you read it but were too busy with Santa, turkey & cranberry sauce to remember it?  We thought we would mention this again as it really is a pretty neat gadget! Check out the post we did on this in December 2017.

Pics below are all courtesy of Sew4Home.com. We have put this foot through its paces and are pretty impressed with the results. It operates in a somewhat similar way to the Binder foot we have had for years – only much easier in or opinion. It could also be likened somewhat to the Quilt Binder set – but in small scale. You may use commercially  made/store bought bias tape or you can make your own with Clover Bias tape makers. The foot is adjustable so you can vary the widths of the tape. I think this foot is going to become a VERY useful addition to our sewing rooms.

Pic courtesy of Sew4Home

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Janome at the Oscars!

A Janome machine (of course) was used to work on this special dress. See this link

Isa Kriegeskott is a Janome America Artisan who was instrumental in the production of this dress for Emily Ratajkowski’s  date with the Oscars. Naturally Isa used her Janome!

Check our Isa’s website http://Isastitches.com  

and Isa’s Instagram for more pics



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BOOK REVIEW: BAGS AND TOTES by Liz Johnson & Anne Adams

Have you come across this book? I think I bought my copy a year or so ago. I flip through it every now & then and must tell you that I have not yet made one of these totes or bags……..but that is NOT because they are not fabulous. No, it is simply a matter of time and other sewing projects higher on my personal To Do list (pretty sure you know the feeling well)…….one day for sure.















Back cover of the book above: there are 10 bags or totes for you to choose from and make using the clear pics and instructions given in the book. NO fussy pattern tracing or cutting out of paper patterns is required.

And who are the talented women behind this great book? Liz Johnson and Anne Adams are the sister duo from Portland, Oregon who started the very successful and popular website Sew4Home in 2009.

And I think my favourite tote in the book is this one below. Still trying to stumble across some gorgeous green vinyl like that……..one day this bag will be seen on my shoulder!


Thank you, Liz and Anne for such a useful and tote/bag inspiration.

If you have not yet discovered www.sew4home.com, you should hop on over as it is a total sewer’s delight.  We love Janome, they love Janome………..ENJOY!



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You might be aware of this great learning opportunity? Is your local Janome North America dealer participating in the SEW4HOME MAKER’S CLUB during  2018? If not, you may wish to ask them about it at your local Janome store. We have a number of dealers in Canada already participating.

If your dealer is unaware of the program, you may wish to encourage them to contact their Janome Rep for more information. This is really WAY TOO GOOD to miss out on!

Here is a link with more info about the second or February Club project

It is a partnership between Janome North America (USA and Canada) and the popular website:  sew4home. I suggest you visit this site to find a gazillion short exclusive projects made on Janome sewing and embroidery machines as well as very useful information and projects using Janome feet and accessories.

Sew4home has just announced the second project of the year; a rather lovely sewing mat & caddy with pockets – see pic below. 

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These exclusive projects are now available ONLY at participating authorized Janome dealers. The copyrighted projects are not available online. In order to have access to these great projects, you need to visit a participating dealer.

You may have missed the announcement of this Maker’s Club: check out this link for more info and pics of projects on offer.

Dealers may share projects in a variety of ways – check with your dealer to be sure how they are sharing these great projects.
Participating dealers in Canada include (check out our dealer locator top right corner on the home page of http://www.janome.ca for contact details):

  • Sawyer Sewing Centre, Victoria, BC
  • Gertie’s Sewing Machine, Little Britain, Ont
  • Affordable Vac & Sew, Courtenay, BC
  • Haus of Stitches, Humboldt, SK
  • Gem Sewing , New Liskeard, Ont
  • Island Sewing, Campbell River, BC
  • Triangle Sewing, Guelph, Ont
  • Ultimate Sewing, Oshawa, Ont
  • VB Simkins, Kingston, Ont
  • Anderson Sewing, Kamloops, BC
  • Niagara Sewing Machine, Niagara Falls, Ont
  • Sew Crafty, Rideau Ferry, Ont
  • The Quilted Bear, Delta, BC
  • Sew and save Centre, Stratford, Ont
  • École de Couture Céline Ross, Montréal, QC
  • Hines Sewing Machines, Windsor, NS
  • Johnsons Sewing Center, Edmonton, AB
  • Tom’s Sewing Machines, Surrey, BC
  • Excelle Machine à coudre/La Maillerie, Laval, QC


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EDUCATOR PICK OF THE MONTH: Quilting Guide Bars and other feet with useful Guides

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Almost all feet have guidelines on them that help us to line up fabrics and stitch lines.  Sometimes the stitching we want to align with is wider apart than the width of the foot.  For this reason, Janome has created a variety of Quilt guide bars that attach to the machine feet in different ways to help us repeat rows of stitching that are further apart from the foot marking(s).

You can always just use the edge of the foot as a guideline for stitching, but this may create lines of stitching that are very close together and would result in quilting that would be very dense.

I do not mark my quilts when doing quilting.   I don’t use chalk lines, pins, tape, or anything else to create my lines.  I simply stitch one line to start with and then follow that line over and over to create my quilt patterns.  They may be traditional cross hatch; decorative stitches repeats; or a combination of stitch types and lines to quilt my project.  I also do a lot of machine embroidery on my quilts and I like to quilt straight through large embroidery designs using a very light weight thread so it does not take away from the stitch design itself.  Below is an example of an embroidery design that is very linear (like red work) and I colored in some elements of the design.  I then quilted in a cross hatch pattern across the quilt straight through the design itself with a light weight thread.

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For the above design I simply used my AcuFeed Flex foot and attached the quilt guide arm to the foot to stitch the lines that are approximately 2 inches apart.


Feet snap onto the foot holder which has a hole in it and can be used for the guide bar.  The guide bar inserts into this hole on the shank/foot holder.  You can insert the guide from the right or left side of the attached foot.

Most of our machines come standard with a Quilting Guide bar – which would work with the foot holder or walking foot/Acufeed/Acufeed Flex foot – whichever walking foot system that particular model has.


Even Feed Guide Bars are available to aid in your alignment of stitched rows. These are used with machine models which have the white screw on walking feet or Even feed feet.

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The Border Guide Foot works well for aligning decorative stitch lines and also placing a second decorative stitch exactly between the middle of two stitch lines.  Since it is clear view, you can see exactly where your previous lines of stitching are located.

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The Sliding Guide Foot helps you to align previous rows of stitches.  The sliding guide is adjustable and locks into place when you determine the width between stitch lines.  This foot is great as it attaches directly to the foot holder on the machine with a simple click in place.

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Not all feet fit all models of Janome machines so be sure to check with your dealer as to which feet are available for your specific model of Janome machine.

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